Teachers, students head back to school
Jaclyn Anthony / Special to LTN Lincolnton High School science teacher Kathy Bosiak updates cabinets in her classroom with chalkboard paint.
Numerous personnel changes kick off school year in Lincoln County
It’s back to school for local students, with several changes in place for the upcoming academic year.
New security measures, including access control and video surveillance, have been installed for local elementary schools. Just recently, the Lincoln County Board of Education also signed off on the implementation of the swipe-key-pad systems and cameras for all middle and high schools, as well.
As such, teachers and staff will now have swipe cards that are tagged to them individually with preset access hours to school sites.
Various technological upgrades were also completed over the summer by the school system’s Information Technology Services staff, with improved wireless-Internet coverage among those enhancements.
Additionally, some personnel changes were made for the upcoming year at Lincoln County Schools, including shifts in district administrators, some principal transfers and new assistant principals. These changes are as follows.
- Aaron Allen will serve as director of human resources. Allen comes from Cleveland County, where he was principal of Burns High School and chosen as “Principal of the Year.” He was previously principal at West Lincoln Middle School and assistant principal at North Lincoln High School and West Lincoln Middle School.
- Sandra Andrews will serve as director of instructional technology/media services and public information officer. She has been a faculty member at UNC-Greensboro, director of media services at Rowan Salisbury Schools and the assistant director of telecommunications at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.
- Victoria Michelle Rhyne will serve as director of child nutrition, coming from Gaston County. She served as the assistant director of school nutrition there for the past 11 years.
- Tony Worley will be director of high schools. He most recently served as principal of Lincolnton High School from 2005-2013. He has also been assistant principal at East Lincoln, North Lincoln and Lincolnton high schools. Worley is currently enrolled at UNC-Charlotte in the Ed.D. program.
Heath Belcher, formerly principal at Childers Elementary, will be principal at Lincolnton High School. He has worked at West Lincoln Middle School as an assistant principal. He was named LCS “Teacher of the Year” in 2005 and LCS “Principal of the Year” in 2013.
- Kim Davis, formerly principal at G.E. Massey Elementary, will be principal at Childers Elementary. Davis has served LCS as an administrator for eight years and taught for 10 years prior to that.
- Marty Helton, formerly principal at North Lincoln High School, will be principal at G.E. Massey Elementary School. Helton has worked in LCS since 1997 at Lincolnton Middle School, Iron Station Elementary School, East Lincoln Middle School and North Lincoln High School as both a teacher and administrator.
- Sheryl Nixon will be the principal at Lincoln County School of Technology, as well as the director of career and technical education. Nixon has served as the Director of CTE since 2008.
- Mitch Sherrill, formerly principal at the School of Technology, will be principal at North Lincoln High School. Sherrill has served as principal at both East Lincoln and West Lincoln high schools. He worked as assistant principal at Lincolnton and East Lincoln high schools.
- Marcus Funchess will be assistant principal at East Lincoln High School. Funchess previously worked as a teacher in Durham, Wake, Person, Mecklenburg and Union counties. He has three years of administrative experience.
- Andrew Miller will be assistant principal at North Lincoln High School. He comes from Caldwell County.
- Michael Culbreth will be assistant principal at Lincolnton Middle School. Culbreth previously worked in Iredell-Statesville Schools and was a teacher at Pumpkin Center Middle School from 1999-2005.